Skill Transfer During Virtual Training

3 Ways to Increase Skill Transfer During Virtual Training

Training courses offered in virtual classrooms were already multiplying and the global impact of the coronavirus pandemic, it has sped up even further. But, is there a way to increase skill transfer and retention of what you teach? 

We’ve put together a useful article that explores three ideas you can use to maximise learning transfer while delivering a digital training experience and suggests ways to incorporate them into practise. We look at:

  1. Taking Notes

  2. Descriptive Language

  3. Multisensory Learning

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1. Taking Notes to Increase Knowledge through Information Retention

Within the virtual classroom it can be tempting to listen to the information being delivered without hearing what is being said. With access to a screen, social media or online shopping can be appealing distractions and learners may struggle to retain or focus on what they are being taught (defeating the point of the training).

One way we overcome this is to encourage note-taking in our own virtual workshops. The aim of this is to develop active listening during training courses where participants can be attentive when approaching new material.

While it is possible to take digital notes, there may be the inclination to write down the instructor's speech word-for-word. This circumvents the need to process, select, and engage with what is being said/shown, so encourage your participants to avoid this.

Handwritten notes tend to require identification and paraphrasing of important points to keep up with information as it is delivered. This encourages active listening, engagement, and processing during virtual training thus positively influencing knowledge retention and training effectiveness.

2. Descriptive Language During Virtual Training Delivery

We all know that when you are reading a book, it is easier to visualise the story if the author has used description. 

Training that incorporates descriptive devices can increase knowledge and understanding by providing participants with an insight into ‘real-life’ practice. Alternatively, descriptive devices have the ability to promote understanding through details which add depth to concepts.

Similes, metaphors and imagery can be used to highlight scenarios in which taught skills can be implemented. This use of context can provide examples and suggest opportunities in which virtual training can be applied.

The description provides a snapshot of which participants may relate to, such as having had a similar experience. This can enhance skill practise in the future through the implementation of material covered during a training course.

3. Using a Multisensory Approach in Instructor-Led Training

Multisensory learning promotes engagement within a virtual classroom by encouraging participants to develop understanding through processing a different sensory input.

The human brain is designed to interpret its environment through the senses, and different parts deal with different things; for example, the occipital lobe deals with visual input while the temporal lobe processes sound. 

From watching a presentation to listening to you speak, participants can correlate information provided during a training experience to form a cohesive image of the content.

You may have heard the question ‘what type of learner are you?’ This comes back to sensory processing and in virtual training, it is important to remember that different people may find it easier to interpret one sensory approach over another.

Incorporating a multisensory delivery like we do in our instructor-led training means it is possible to appeal to a range of learners who are able to engage with material to equal effect. Try producing a presentation that incorporates text and images to encourage linguistic and image processing as well as audible cues that provide information via speaking.


Ultimately, you dictate the training experience that you provide to clients. By combining delivery methods to include descriptive language, visual and auditory delivery, and encouraging note-taking, participants are more likely to efficiently increase knowledge. This will also enable them to effectively implement skills in the future.

If you have enjoyed this article and would like to learn more about enhanced skill transfer, check out our Facilitating virtual and hybrid meetings workshop.

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